As a transplanted Bostonian, I was deeply affected by the Marathon bombings in 2013. My office faced Mass General at the time, so my first indication of the horrific event was a sudden cacophony of ambulance sirens as victims were rushed to the hospital. I couldn’t help, and I couldn’t give blood — as the situation become more clear, I knew the most helpful thing I could do was to get out of the way so first responders could do their jobs. I joined the thousands of people streaming over the city’s bridges on foot after the transportation ban went into effect, and sheltered in place on and off over the followed week waiting for news of the manhunt. That week solidified my connection to the people of this city, and was a period of deep reflection about belonging, gratitude, and awareness of the little things.
Melissa from Design Eat Repeat was struck by a few of the same things, and released this set of Happy Anything printable cards in response.
In this world of such turmoil, maybe it will help in a tiny way to cherish each day we have. It shouldn’t take events like these for us to appreciate life.
The set includes four 3.5 x 5 inch cards in four different colorways. Each folds in half at the top (like a table tent as opposed to a typical greeting card) so you can write more on the inside.
These would be really lovely printed on a pearlescent card stock. But more importantly, they would look lovely filled out and in use.